COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Air Force track and field team recently placed 35 athletes on the Mountain West Academic All-Conference Team for the spring semester. Highlighted by a school-leading 26 selections from the men’s team, the track and field program accounted for nearly half of the Academy’s 74 total academic all-conference selections.
Pacing the track and field team’s list of representatives were four-time academic all-conference honorees and 2017 graduates Matt Dorsey (3.40, biology), Jason Engel (3.28, geospatial science), Eric Hoff (3.40, aeronautical engineering) and Taylor Hulslander (3.06, management). Zach Johnson (3.20, economics), Jacob Romitti (3.05, civil engineering), Samantha Skold (3.52, biology) and Malachi Sparling (3.28, civil engineering) also represented the Falcons’ Class of 2017 on the academic all-conference list.
Juniors Robbie Anderson (3.35, political science), Tyler Berson (3.41, aeronautical engineering), Calvin Berstler (3.62, biochemistry), Andrew Johnston (3.12, management), Tyler Koss (3.47, management), Shelley Spires (3.42, behavioral science) and Chip White (3.30, management) received academic all-MW honors for the third straight year, while classmates Katie Burnham (3.95, mathematics) and Luke Piper (3.35, management) earned their second honor and fellow junior Andrew Milliron (3.07, geospatial science) claimed his first.
Sophomores Andrea Abel (3.74, materials chemistry), Gordon Kowalkowski (3.37, aeronautical engineering), Jaci Smith (3.27, astronautical engineering) and Nathan Thomas (3.25, civil engineering) were named to the academic all-conference team for the second straight season, while classmates Mickey Davey (3.68, electrical engineering), Nikolai Rhodes (3.00, legal studies), Noah Riley (3.64, political science) and Andrew Tankersley (3.37, behavioral science) earned their first academic award.
A total of nine freshmen claimed academic all-conference honors during their first collegiate season, including Lindsey Blanks (3.84, undeclared), Chris Doerr (3.16, management), Jacob Fields (3.22, undeclared), Logan Grizzle (3.00, undeclared), Sierra Rodriguez (3.23, management), Swathi Samuel (3.79, undeclared), Justin Weber (3.79, geospatial science), Marshall Wheeler (3.65, undeclared) and Lucy Zimmerman (3.90, physics).
The Mountain West’s academic all-conference list for the spring semester includes baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.00 or better and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.
In addition, 13 Falcons were recognized with Mountain West Scholar-Athlete honors for maintaining a grade-point-average of 3.50 or higher during the 2016-17 academic year and making at least one appearance in a varsity competition. Abel, freshman Jordan Armstrong (3.74, physics), Berstler, Blanks, Burnham, Davey, Riley, sophomore Preston Roche (3.94, biochemistry), Samuel, Skold, Weber, Wheeler and Zimmerman received the league’s highest academic award in track and field, while Armstrong, Blanks, Burnham, Riley, Samuel, Skold, Weber and Wheeler also nabbed the honor in cross country.